YAA artists
Pictured left to right: Christina Nelson, Elaine Taylor and Jazzmin McClure

The ISLAND Arts Centre Children’s Arts Festival 2018 is back Mon 23 July - Fri 10 August. Young at Art is delighted to be delivering this wonderful festival of creativity. During the Festival’s five day Art Camps young people can create and experience the ideas and processes behind making great art and can co-create exhibitions and exhibit their work. Let's meet the artists behind this year's Art Camps!


Elaine Taylor:  Visual Artist for Art Camp Week 1 & Week 2 (Both Sold Out)

Elaine Taylor is a sculptor and established visual artist based in Belfast.   Over the past four years she has been involved in a multitude of festivals, events and outreach programmes - designing and facilitating workshops in a variety of mediums and catering for all age ranges and abilities. 

For the past two years, Elaine has been a project artist with the Creative Child programme working with children aged 3 to 11 years within their schools on a series of child-led, process-based, creative workshops.  These directly support key priorities on child development and education, bringing under-engaged children forward and increasing literacy, confidence, imagination and critical vocabulary. 

Elaine thrives on delivering effective, exciting and educational creative experiences that allow children to take the lead and use visual art to express themselves.  


Christina Nelson and Jazzmin McClure:  Drama Facilitator/Dance Facilitator for Art Camp Week 3 (limited spaces remain)

Christina and Jazzmin are established drama and dance facilitators.  Christina is a highly acclaimed actress, director and writer who has appeared in a series of plays and pantomime throughout Northern Ireland.   Jazzmin has a wealth of experience in dance and drama facilitation that has taken her to theatres across Ireland, working with a range of companies, including PBM and New Lodge Arts. She has been part of the Beat Carnival's facilitation team for a number of years. 

Christina and Jazzmin have led the ISLAND Youth Theatre (IYT) drama group for the past three years and have been facilitators for four and three years respectively with the Creative Child programme, They work regularly for Young at Art Events on a range of performance pieces from street theatre to event animation.  

The pair will combine strong facilitation skills with creative flair to deliver a high quality and unique Performing Arts Camp.  


Now in its 18th year, ISLAND Arts Centre’s Children’s Arts Festival is the perfect inclusive social space for young people and their peers to connect, chat and be curious about art and the world around them. Week 1 and 2 are booked out, however there are a limited number of places on week 3. Go to ISLAND Arts Centre website.